Cry Behind the Clamor

Can you hear the cry behind the clamor?

I think that is my concluding question after weeks of watching, listening, and reading about Occupation Wall Street in general and Occupation Nashville in particular.

Yes, I know there has been a lot of bad things happen at Occupations around the country. Yes, I know there are a lot of “liberal” people behind the movement. Yes, I know conservatives see no parallels between OWS and the Tea Party. Yes, I know the only reason I know these things is because certain aspect of the media are owned by large corporations who want me to know all the bad behavior of some of the Occupiers and other aspects of the media have a liberal bias and want us all to be European. But all that stuff is clamor. Behind it all is a cry of frustration, fear, and discouragement about the direction our country seems to be going. A recent Gallup Poll showed that only 13% of Americans were satisfied with the way things are going in the United States (October, 2011). I am part of the 87%.

Who is to blame for such low numbers? Democrats? Republicans? Obama? Bush? Government? Wall Street? Me? You? The Boogey Man?

There is enough blame to go around. It’s not just one political party’s fault, or one corporations fault, or one person’s sense of entitlement’s fault, or person’s “pursuit of happiness’” fault.

We are all to blame.

We are all responsible.

We are a representative democracy.

We get the government we deserve.

We are a capitalistic, free-enterprise country.

We get the economy we deserve.

Within us all is the solution.

We did not get in this mess overnight and we will not get out of it overnight. But it starts by admitting we are part of the problem and continues with a commitment to be part of the solution. We, the people, have got to come together. We have got to listen to each other. We have got to respect each other’s opinion. We have got to support one another. We have got to lift each other up. We have got to stop blaming someone or something else. We have got to ramp down the rhetoric.

People are hurting.

People are confused.

People aren’t sure what they want, they just know what we have is not working.

People “are like sheep without a shepherd.”

“Without a vision the people perish.”

Can you hear the cry behind the clamor?


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